Island city has most, 40%, dengue cases


Efforts effective, will take more steps, says BMC

Most of the 907 positive cases of dengue reported by the BMC this year are from the island city. According to the data by the civic body, G South ward, which includes areas such has Mahalaxmi, Worli and Parel, has seen 156 positive dengue cases this year, the maximum from any area in the city.

"While the reasons are yet to be investigated, around 40 per cent of the dengue cases have been reported from the island city this year," said Mangala Gomare, BMC epidemiologist.

G South is followed by M east (50 cases), H east (22 cases) and P north (19 cases). The island city, however, accounts for just 27 per cent of the total population of the city.

Gomare said ward-wise scrutiny may be misleading as the dengue mosquito bites during the day and the person may have contracted it from her or his workplace.

Corporator from G South ward Hemangi Worlikar said the anti-dengue campaign needs to be intensified. "The G South ward is vast and includes areas like Worli village, Adarsh society and Janta colony which could be possible breeding grounds for the mosquito. The current door-to-door measures are not sufficient," Worlikar said.

The BMC, however, said its door-to-door campaign has been effective and necessary precautions are being taken. "Our campaign has been successful and the drop in the number of cases is indicative of that. However, the virus is still out there, for which we will take further measures," said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner.

Of the 37,070 dengue cases in India this year, Maharashtra has seen 1,731 cases, the seventh highest. Civic officials said these figures are still low as compared to other states. Tamil Nadu has recorded 9,249 cases of dengue and West Bengal 6,225 this year. Kerala has seen 3,760 dengue positive cases this year.

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